Dacrza (541) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light orange body with a thin white head in a HopDevil glass... bright and efficient, with sporadic tracings on the glass... sharp spruce and hops, light and clean... bubbly and smooth on the palate--a bit creamy on the tongue... swift and pleasant... a bit on the lighter side of pale ales--surprising (and refreshing) from a micro! and yet, perhaps, this is the way one should taste... a mixture of feelings: another winner from Ryan, but this ale is a step below Sierra Nevada, not to mention the other Otto’s brews I’ve sampled--but it is solid, and who doesn’t love something with Mt. Nittany in its name!?
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 4, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Otto’s. Pours a bright golden-orange color; white head with solid lacing. Solid amounts of resiny oranges and passion fruit in the aroma; sweet, tree fruit (similar to the Nugget Pale Ale). Medium mouthfeel: slightly watery on the edges, but very drinkable; oranges, passion fruit (again, Nugget hops?); very pleasant, drinkable pale ale. Medium finish: oranges and a touch of sugar.
BBB63 (6152) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber bottle and served in standard pint glass: Clean coppery hue with a fading frothy head but left very good lace upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of grassy and citric hops, dusty yeast esters, caramel and biscuity malt, slight clove and pepper, and a touch soapy. The taste starts moderately bitter but is quickly balance by sweet and grainy malts. Dry and chalky finish with just a hint of hop spice, a tad short on the palate. Overall a refreshing beer but not that deep, worthy of a try.
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours a clear copper with full white head. full sweet citrus aroma, light front with mild citrus background, sweet finish and mild hops, not too complex.
MrYuk (21) - Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
After drinking nothing but stouts for the last few weeks, this one is a real nice treat! Extremely refreshing. Sweet, floral hops dominate, making this a very drinkable beer. A new favorite!
MIBRomeo (2566) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
deep oranage brown color whispy dense off white heaad w/ nice lace. Nice fresh citrus hop aroma starts to fade and doesn’t leave much else real light pine and caramel. Pretty basic pa aroma. Avg pal. Light flavor easy to drink very mellow sweet hop flowers followe dby some grains and maybe a hint of cardboard.. bland but unoffensive.
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks for sharing Jason C. The beer pours to a deep filtered amber body with a thin white head. The aroma is caramel and grapefruit hops. Some oranges. The flavor is pale malts with a subtle peanut and toast with a grapefruit hop. Medium-light bodied and decently bitter.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Amber body, light white head. Light caramelly grain alongside light grapefruit in the aroma. Not very appetizing. The flavor gets a bit better with some bitter grapefruit rind, dried orange flesh, and a dull caramelly base. Meh.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber, with thanks to kramer17801 for this bonus! Pours a clear golden orange with a minimal white head, moderate lacing. Aroma is light citrus, floral, and sweet caramel. Flavor is sweeter and mild, with some citrus hops, nut and biscuit; a bit thin and watered down. Quaffable APA, but pretty unexciting. Thanks Jason!
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 19, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 22oz Bottle. Courtesy of CharlesDarwin. Thanks, Tom! Pours a mostly transparent, bronze tinged gold color with a thin head of quickly dissipating white foam. Some agitation gets a bit more fizz rising, but it’s really under carbonated. As such, the aroma isn’t as bright and lively as I’d otherwise expect, but what’s there is quite nice. Very clean and light, with gentle orange blossom citrus, a touch of biscuity malt, and lightly toasted almonds. Light bodied, under carbonated mouthfeel with some papery oxidation. This evidently didn’t bottle well. The flavors are pretty good, short of the oxidation. Gently toasted crusty bread topped with a mild orange marmalade. Develops a bit of a biscuity malt flavor mid-palate before finishing with a dry, gentle citrus smack. The palate falls apart, getting thin and papery due to the oxidation and lack of carbonation. I can imagine this being a pleasant pale ale on tap; it seems to be a clean, sessionable beer - it just didn’t bottle well.